Before I started this project, I used to frequent a local watering hole in Tulsa called The Blue Rose. They had a patio and my brother and I used to go there quite a bit and relax with a burger and a beer on the weekends. Usually there would be two or ten scooters parked out front. One day I was having my B & B (burger & beer) and a dude rode up and parked. I checked out his bike when he rolled in and noticed that his rear wheel was solid chrome. I thought the fact that when you looked at it that it indeed looked deeper as the reflection seemed to double the space when you looked at it.
Motorcycle wheel widths are usually measured in metric units. Millimeters to be exact. And when talking about them, most people, industry and catalogs I found, drop the word millimeter since it is supposed to just understood. So a 200 millimeter wide wheel becomes simply a 200. Not being savvy in “bike talk,” I had to learn this over time. Motorcycle tires are designed to fit a specific width wheel. And this width will be stamped on the actual tire along with some other designators such as wheel diameter and wall height. This is similar to what car tires have.
The frame I got was built to allow for a 210 rear tire if using a chain to drive the rear wheel, or a 200 tire if using a belt. I decided on using a belt because they require less maintenance and are quieter. Now I have my tire width, so I’m looking for a 200 millimeter or eight inch wide tire on the rear. About Seven and 7/8 inches to be more precise. That looks nice with the nine inch wide rear fender.
When I started looking at different rear wheels for the project, I knew that I didn’t want the classic wire spoke wheels. Especially after seeing the cool billet wheels on American Chopper. So as I gandered at all the wheels on eBay, I remembered this guys rear solid chrome wheel and how it caught my eye. So I started looking at chrome solids that were for a 200 tire. My plan was to have a skinny 21 inch wheel and tire on the front, so to get the look I was going for, I needed a smaller diameter wheel on the back. So I looked at many different wheels and the wheel I ended up with was 19 inches in diameter.